Saturday, 30 November 2013

I did it! I won Nano!

My first time participating in National Novel Writing Month and I won! I actually managed to type 50,000 words on one story in 30 days!
I knew it'd be tough, I knew it was likely to involve late nights and pouting spouse faces. Since the first day when I started with a wedding that had people drinking someone else's blood, I've combined planned chapters and divided others when they grew gigantic. Things happened that I wasn't expecting and, even though I was certain I'd fall short by 5,000 words, I plugged on.

All in all, it's been one crazy roller-coaster of a month.

Of course, I didn't expect to be doing this whilst fighting off the big blargh and spending a couple of days editing Golden Dawn and The Rogue King (the latter alone bringing my actual total to over 52k).

And even though I was putting these 50,000 words onto the 24k I already had, I've still got the last two chapters to finish in full. But I am officially too wiped and not at all emotionally prepared to do them justice right now. Maybe tomorrow...

Monday, 25 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Allure of the Gypsies

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies
By Charles E. Yallowitz
Cover Art done by Jason Pedersen


Release Date:  December 1st, 2013
(You better be writing that down.)


Not sure what's she's conjuring, but
that is some wicked blue fire.
Blurb:
The epic adventures of Luke Callindor and Nyx continue after their journey down the L’Dandrin River in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.

Reeling from his failures in their previous adventure, Luke leads his surviving friends to his hometown. With his mind frayed and his confidence fractured, Luke must face the family and fiancée he left behind.  It is a brief homecoming when the vampire Kalam attacks the village, forcing Luke and Nyx to break into his lair for the key to resurrecting a fallen warrior. It is a quest that will force both young heroes to reach new heights of strength and power that they never knew they had.

Can Luke and Nyx escape the lair of Kalam? And, what role will the orphaned gypsy Sari play in their looming destiny?


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Author Bio:
Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Can I get a little help here?

November has been quite the month. Don't let my past blog posts fool you, I haven't been all that active. A small part of that, okay a huge part of it, was due to being hit by the blerg bug from the deepiest deep, deep, deep of the Earth's core! I'll spare the details. Safe to say I'm feeling better now ... if spontaneously hacking up your lungs for no obvious reason can be classed as better, but I digress...

This link will take you
to Goodreads. Go on, you
know you want to.
Alongside being sickly and having Dark One's Mistress released into the world , I've also had the first edits for Golden Dawn come through and I've assurances that the preliminary edits for The Rogue King will appear by the end of the week.

What energy I've had left has been channelled into Nanowrimo. I'm creeping up on 39k there with three chapters to go before I'm done. Seeing that I'm adding it to the 24k I'd already written, I'm not convinced I'll make the full fifty thousand. The way I'm going I'll be about 4k short.

Obviously, I've not had much brainpower over the last week to handle the sudden release of a book I'm in the middle of writing the sequel for. To be honest, I never thought my début novel would be a clean romance, just thinking about it is sort of surreal.

But, again, I digress...

I'm thinking about doing a mini blog tour for a week starting on December 2nd and going until December 6th, providing I can get a little help.

I know, I know, it's short notice. Obviously, I'm not asking for reviews to be a part of this one. But if anyone's willing to have me guest post, top ten, interview me or just post details (with or without an excerpt), it would all be appreciated.

And, of course, there will be a giveaway. A $20 Amazon Gift Card.

If you want to join me in spreading the word ... drop me an email at aldreaalien[at]yahoo.co.nz or leave a comment with your email.

Edit: All spots have been filled.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Moonless Blog Tour - Top Ten Reasons to Eat Cheese

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Cheese

First of all, let me explain something about cheese. We all know it’s delicious. (Unless you’re crazy, in which case, I can’t help you.) But did you also know cheese is the well-spring of happiness? Let’s break it down:


Cheese=smile.

Smile=Happiness.




My default mantra is: If all else fails, eat cheese and be happy. So, with that in mind, here’s the top ten reasons to eat cheese:



10. Because you like variety. (All 800+ types.) 




9. It tastes good, and your taste buds need some excitement too. (Yes, Annasophia, like that.)



8. It can apparently help you lose weight. Check it out!


7. Can't afford to travel the world? WELL YOUR TASTE BUDS CAN!


6. According to this website, it’s an awesome source of vitamins. Duh!


5. It keeps you from aging. No, seriously. (The experts told me so, and I believe them!) 


4. Strong teeth which=a great smile—which means your celebrity crush will suddenly and completely fall for you. 


3. You’ll sleep better—it’s a proven fact. (Because this shirt says so.)

2. And you’d rather not end up like this. --->
(Strengthen your bones. Adopt a cheese.)



1. Because Crystal Collier told you to go eat cheese!

And if that's not enough to convince you, give me a month. The scientists locked in my Floridian basement are just about done with that brainwashing ray gun...

Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. 

You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.


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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

It's Out! It's Out! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

I'd no idea when Dark One's Mistress would be released, but it's now! You can buy it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or via Astraea Press' site.
Looks like I'll be laying the groundwork for a blog tour earlier than expected. A blog tour! I thought I'd be wading into that depth next year. But hey, it's my early Christmas prezzie!
For now, let me bedazzle you...

For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir.

Clara doesn't put much stock in village gossip, until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord's fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias' father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorise the land.

Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne'ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there's no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well.

Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.

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I guess that makes me an officially published author! ^_^

Monday, 11 November 2013

Cover Reveal: The Rogue King

Yep. This was never
meant to be a
professional cover.
It's here! The time for me to reveal my cover is here! *happy dance* ... okay, no one really needed to see that. But I've been harbouring this bad boy for some months now.

See, I love to fiddle with creating covers. They help me envision the day when the story behind them would be published. It's a motivational thing. And this story has been through four versions over the years.
But I know my limits when I originally decided to self-publish The Rogue King, I knew mister Main Character over there was not going to make the grade.

And yet, he is what I've wanted on my cover for a long time since the story focuses around him.

As you can no doubt guess, he's not something you can get from your average photo.
So ... I took to the web, scouring the sites for an artist who could render my guy better than me. After back-pedalling from a few sites before I'd a heart attack and umming over a few other sites, I was no less confused than before.
One night, while half awake, I turned to deviantART. That's where a lot of the artists I found kept a large portion of their portfolios, and they've a forum for people to commission commercial works. This is where I fell upon my knees before the artistic community and explained my situation ... poorly, I may add. This eventually led me to Ros Kovac (Warning: Graphic Images).
Now I had never commissioned anything like this in my life and I was still a little fuzzy on the whole process, but Ros was kind enough to lead me through all that. Even when I forgot one crucial detail. *blush* I did a lot, I mean a lot, of private squeeing for each stage, but the final image had me bouncing around the house.
I regret nothing as I, for the first time in sixteen years, finally have an accurate image of my MC.

And that's how the cover went from my poor attempt to this...



 Admit it, you skipped to here. ^_^
Outside is dangerous.

 Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.

When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there's no question in what he must choose. But he's about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.

Providing the desert doesn't kill him first.

This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.

With the god's sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as... The Rogue King.



It seems so much more real now. Well, this and having the little section on Goodreads.


Of course, I love the full spread of the paperback version even more.
*swoon*

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Branded

Coming to you in 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing...
A New Adult Romantic Suspense...

Branded by Katie Hamstead!


That brand sure looks like it would
seriously hurt.
Blurb: Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.

Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.


Author Links: Twitter | Facebook page | Blog | Goodreads

Monday, 4 November 2013

Timelines

Last night, after a stretch of typing for NaNoWriMo (three days, 5700 words, no one's more surprised than me), I played around with a little program called Aeon Timeline. Apparently, you can get 40% off if you "win" at Nano.

But if you're going to play with the trial, I recommend doing so when you've some time as I started tinkering and only surfaced hours later. It's an interesting little thing and, much to my delight, you can customise a calendar, which really matters for those fantasy worlds with more than the average amount of days in their years.
So, naturally, I'm not using this for my current story, but for The Rogue King Saga and the Godless Series seeing that the first series encompasses thirty-four years. I already had a basic timeline stripped down by years to ensure ages were all correct. I've been using it for years, yet had no idea why it worked so well.

It seems, as I punched in all the details for The Rogue King and some of A Game of Cat and Horse, I've been keeping a mental timeline holed up and waiting for this program. I've only got the first story fully inserted, but so far, every age I'd typed, each passing of the time, all add up. You'd think I'd be more impressed, but after sixteen years, I'd be mad if they didn't.

So here's to hoping the other three of the saga follow suit and it'll help with The Gems of Thardrandia once I start writing it, because I'm keeping this program.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Ribbon of Darkness

Today we have Decadent Kane and her cover reveal for Ribbon of Darkness.

Rank of elves
Old Norse mythology claimed that when a man died he could be ranked as an elf in death.


Short book blurb for Ribbon of Darkness:
An old family secret draws Ribbon into an Elven world while Draven is forced to find a way to drag her back home to save Christmas magic.



Book information:
Ribbon of Darkness is set to release December 13th 2013
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